An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Bose Soundbar 500 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, MusicCast BAR 400 has a total rating of 8.2 out of 10 versus 7.4 for Soundbar 500. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input, mute and microphone, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1 versus 3.0 for the Bose Soundbar 500. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Bose Soundbar 500 6 for its audio features and specs.
Each of rivals supports AirPlay 2. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.
These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/0 of the Bose Soundbar 500. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, each of the soundbars received a rating of 8/10.
Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. App control is available for the Soundbar 500. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Multi-room is only available for the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400.
Only the Soundbar 500 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 got a rating of 6, and Bose Soundbar 500 4 out of 10.